“Former American Idol Runner-Up Clay Aiken to run for Congress in North Carolina”

In this publicity image released by Lifetime Television, former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is shown during a guest-starring appearance on "Drop Dead Diva."  Aiken will be seen in an upcoming episode of the series, airing Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.  (AP Photo/Lifetime Television, Bob Mahoney)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina.

Aiken said Wednesday he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers.

The 35-year-old Aiken is expected to face former state commerce secretary Keith Crisco of Asheboro and licensed professional counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville in the Democratic primary.

Aiken has been a special education teacher in Wake County. He says he decided to put his entertainment career on hold and seek to represent the state’s 2nd Congressional District.

He says he considers Washington to be dysfunctional and will focus on jobs and the economy and the importance of education.


Source: Newsyahoo.com

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